Hope you and your family are having a great Thanksgiving. Now let’s talk about Thursday Football. I was just reading an interview with John Madden. He was asked about the NFL’s declining TV ratings:
“Just look at the list of teams playing. It takes two. It’s not just one good team. You have to have two to have a great game, and there’s not a lot of great games. And we’re spreading it out more and more with fewer good teams, which makes it doggone impossible to have good games. If the games aren’t good, that’s part of it. Now there are other things: the Millennials, iPhone, and the stuff people do as they live differently.
“Something has to be done about Thursday night football. It just doesn’t work. It’s not only a fan thing, it’s a team thing. It’s a safety thing. It’s a competitive thing. It doesn’t work. I know about money, and I know about business. Maybe you have to tweak stuff a little more. To help teams, maybe you get a bye the week before.
“On Thanksgiving, Washington has to travel to Dallas to play in Dallas, and they played Sunday night. That’s wrong. That’s an oops. You play a team on Sunday night and make them travel and play on Thursday. I remember in my coaching days, as players get older, it takes them longer to heal up from a Sunday game, and guys weren’t ready to play until Thursday or Friday.”
Great stuff from John Madden. He’s saying things we’ve mentioned on BSP before, where Thursday Night football is simply terrible. The big deal is scheduling. Whoever does the scheduling for the NFL is terrible. The NFL schedules Washington and Green Bay on a Sunday night, then make one of those teams play on the road on a short week. Then the league claims they are interested in player safety! When people like BSP bring up these points, the league says players know what they sign up for. While true, they don’t have to do it, but do so anyway.
Then you say you want a “good” game. Sure you do. This game today is as close as there is to a lock for the Cowboys. All the environmental factors are going against Washington; they’re behind before they step on the field. This tells me what I need to know about Dallas. If this game is even close, they are a pretender. If it’s not close, they might be an average team playing a soft schedule, which they are.
Did you notice Al Michaels has gone away from Sunday Night Football? He can’t even take following up Sunday night with Thursday and he’s not physically taking part in the action on the field! It’s brutal for all involved. Are we going to talk about the officials, working their part time job while having to do so on Thanksgiving? What about their families?
Meanwhile, I’ll be enjoying “Black Friday” in line at a Walmart. Kind of cool, I’ll be there with a bunch of Dallas fans missing the Cowboys so they can get a Stanley for $9.99.